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6 Tips For Water Wise Landscaping and Reducing Watering Costs

Last summer in North Texas was brutal! We experienced more than 50 days of 100-degree weather with almost no rain. The resulting scorched lawns, dead trees and withering flowers was ample proof of the drought.

The hot and dry North Texas summers can be hard on your landscape and add to your water use. What can you do to save the plants, trees and grass on your property and save money on your monthly water bill?

These water wise landscaping tips can help.

Water Wise Landscaping

Prevent Water Evaporation

Water your property early in the morning or in the evening, especially during the hot summer months. Never water on windy days. Using drip irrigation systems for bedded plants, trees, or shrubs and use low-angle sprinklers for turf areas can drastically help reduce water costs.

Mulch… Mulch… Mulch!

Cover all flower beds and planted areas with organic mulch. This keeps the soil moist, cools the ground and slows down the evaporation of water from the soil, allowing water to infiltrate the soil efficiently.

You should maintain at least a 2 to 4-inch layer of mulch in all planted beds and containers.

One Inch of Water is Enough

Even in the heat of a Texas summer, an inch of water each week should be enough to keep most plants and grasses healthy. Using native plants and drought-tolerant perennials that require less water is another way to save water.

Residential property owners can determine how long you should run their sprinklers by  placing straight-edged cans (tuna cans work great) at various distances away from each sprinkler and time how long it takes to fill an average of 1 inch of water in each can.

Commercial and business property owners should consult a professional irrigation specialist to adjust the automated sprinkler system to the appropriate settings.

Hand Watering or a Drip Irrigation System

Under current watering restrictions in many North Texas cities, hand watering, drip irrigation, soaker hoses and hand-watering are permitted on any day.  Each city has specific restrictions, but watering restrictions generally refer to the use of hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems.  These restrictions apply to both commercial and residential properties.

Maintaining Your Sprinkler System Saves Money

Be sure to repair any broken, missing or misdirected sprinkler heads.  You should also install rain and freeze sensors on your sprinkler system and monitor your total water usage.

The in-house irrigation experts at VMC Landscape are state-licensed technicians and trained to prescribe watering programs based on the needs of your property. We can design a watering programs that works with your water budget and protects your landscape.

Local Resources For Saving Water

Dallas Water Utilities is conducting FREE automatic irrigation system check-ups for businesses and homeowners. If you are a Dallas Water Utilities customer, you are eligible for a FREE irrigation system check-up by a certified landscape irrigation specialist. These check-ups can save you hundreds of dollars per year. The City of Frisco also offers free irrigation check ups.

Do you need a sprinkler system check-up on your commercial property? Contact VMC Landscape Services at 972-481-1616 or email us at info@vmclandscape.com.

Additional Water Wise Resources

Drought Proofing Your Landscape

North Texas Municipal Water District